Local News for Wednesday 6th September 2017

Man dies in Harris
The body of a 52-year-old Leverburgh man was recovered from the water at Strond in Harris on Saturday, after Police were alerted to an incident around 4pm. Coastguard teams from Tarbert and Scalpay assisted ambulance personnel in recovering the man, who was sadly found to have died. Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

Suicide service
A service to support those affected by suicide is to be held this evening at St. Peter’s Church on Francis Street, Stornoway. If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide, feel free to join this special service, organised jointly by NHS Western Isles and St Peter’s and Stornoway Free Churches and open to anyone, regardless of faith. Light refreshments, a time to chat and literature will also be available after the service.

Road safety fears
Manor and Castle Residents fear it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident on Assaye Place as an increasing number of drivers use the street as a shortcut. The Manor and Castle Residents Association have been calling on the Comhairle for many years to introduce traffic calming measures to protect children playing in the area. Assaye Place is now being used by motorists as a short cut to avoid potential bottlenecks at the top of Willowglen Road / Cabarfeidh. Roddy Nicolson, Chair of Manor and Castle Residents Association said: "There are so many children now using Assaye Place as a form of playpark, sometimes there can be as many as 14-16 children cycling, running, playing football, oblivious to the dangers of cars and lorries tearing down Assaye Place." Cllr Gordon Murray, Stornoway North said: “Something needs to be done or there will be a serious accident. I urge the council to take action whether it's a traffic calming solution to stop cars flying through the area, or to look at re-opening the Canada Crescent play park."

Votes needed for Taigh Dhonnchaidh
Ness music and arts venue Taigh Dhonnchaidh is the second island organisation calling for local votes as they bid for a share of the M&S Energy grant pot. Taigh Dhonnchaidh is run by a committee and a group of local volunteers and want to install solar panels and upgrade their heating system to help reduce annual costs and co2 emissions. Better heating would also help to preserve important musical instruments and historical musical artefacts, affected by damp and cold. You can find a link to vote for the project, on the Isles FM Facebook page. Since Monday Back Football Club has become the second most popular project in Scotland, based on votes from the public.

Cup final on Saturday
This Saturday at 4pm sees the Rangers Club taking on Tolsta FC in the Community Welfare League cup final. The game will be played at Smith Avenue pitch with a 4 o'clock kick-off. The Rangers Club have already got silverware this season, so Tolsta will be looking for a trophy for the cabinet before the season close. Everyone is encouraged to come and support the CFL and come along to spectate this Saturday afternoon.